The first place we went to was Vinnies in Greensborough, where we had to peer through the dark due to a truck hitting the power pole outside and cutting power to the nearby shops! I didn't find anything here, but I had fun listening to a 20-something girl squeal excitedly over a pair of sequinned leggings.
The next stop was the Greensborough store of Brotherhood of St Laurence which had an... interesting... aroma. I found a purple Ginger Tree top here for $4.
Around the corner at the impressively large Savers shop I found a few more things. Two scarves at $3 each. The black and white feather print scarf was brand new, as it still had the original shop's tag and price attached.
From Savers I also bought this green seed bead necklace for $3...
....and 2 cookbooks. The vegetarian hardback book was $3 and the Thai one was $2. I'm not a vegetarian, the recipes just looked yummy.
Next stop was the Salvos in Watsonia. I bought a scrummy book on puddings for $4. I love warm puddings on a cold night... or really just anytime.
I also bought a Laura Ashley top for $5 (yes, purple again). It was only when I got home that I remembered that I'd pulled this top from the bargain $2 rack, but didn't pay attention at the counter (I was too busy thinking about puddings), so didn't notice that it wasn't rung up at the discounted price. Oh well, a steamed pear pudding will cure my woes.
And lastly we visited the Brotherhood of St Laurence, also in the same road in Watsonia as the other 2 shops. I found a Jump jumper for $4 which both attracted me yet repelled me at the same time:
...plus a couple of fiction titles for $1 each.
...and a skirt with an interesting lined pattern (a bit like an optical illusion) for $4.
And with that we were all op-shopped out for the day. (Though I was somewhat revived by a lunch of baked potato covered with a mountain of cheese, bacon, sour cream and many other goodies. Oh dear, winter weather really does bring out the carb-aholic in me.)